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The Steep Slide of NFL Draft Salaries

February 16, 2017
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The Steep Slide of NFL Draft Salaries

Some friends and I got into a conversation about rookies in the NFL and how much their salaries were. We eventually started guessing how much more the first overall pick makes compared to, Mr. Irrelevant, the last pick of the NFL draft. It’s a pretty steep drop from number 1 to number 256 (7 rounds Read more about The...

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Science of The Super Bowl

February 4, 2017
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Science of The Super Bowl

A couple days ago, I participated in a Science of the Super Bowl Panel discussion organized by Newswise. I was asked to give a 5 (which turned more into about 10) minute overview, so I focused on answering 3 questions. What is data science? How is data science used in the NFL? How might data Read more about Science...

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End of Season Fantasy Round Up: Draft Values, Busts, and Best Free Agents of the 2016 Season

January 5, 2017
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A few weeks back I posted an article looking at the biggest values of the 2016 fantasy season through week 13. Now that the season is over, let’s rerun the analysis and see what happens.The methodology is the same as before. Simply taking the ratio of the average draft position (ADP) to the player’s Value Over Read more about End...

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Fantasy Value So Far This Year: ADP vs VOR

December 9, 2016
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Since I am already knocked out of the playoffs (our league playoffs start in week 12), I thought it would be interesting to see which players ended up being the best and worst values of this years draft. It’s only week 13 so these numbers will change by the end of the season and I Read more about Fantasy...

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Visualizing the Fragile State Index 2016

September 18, 2016
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Every year the Fund For Peace produces the Fragile State Index, a list that scores each nation across 12 social, economic, and political dimensions with the sum of these scores being a total measure of that nations vulnerability to collapse. While the most fragile nations tend to always have high (bad) scores across all dimensions,

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Who Had the Best Fantasy Football Season Ever?

June 23, 2016
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Who Had the Best Fantasy Football Season Ever?

Who had the best fantasy football season ever? Well like most “best ever” lists, the real answer is… it depends. The results you get depend on how you define “best” and how you slice and dice the data. Want to claim James Brim is the best WR of all-time? We can do that… I mean come

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